Tiger Tales Australia: Kuku Yalanji

Earlier this year, I was commissioned to do a set of illustrations for an article in the March 2013 issue of Tiger Tales Australia. The article was about the Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours being offered in Cooya Beach, Australia.  

You can read the article as well as the entire issue here.

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I created some handmade elements and incorporated them into the digital painting.

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A Curious Buffet

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Embroidered title by Wiji Lacsamana, additional poster illustrations and layout by Ang INK’s James Abalos and the Design Team

Ang INK just opened it’s latest exhibit at Post (formerly Pablo Gallery) in Cubao X. The exhibit will run until July 20, 2013.

A Curious Buffet is a celebration of everyday objects, using common kitchen items and utensils to create different art pieces.

Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar

The opening night was packed! The gallery owner had to regulate the flow of people to the second floor because it had gotten to a point where the foot traffic was teetering close to capacity.

Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Teters Enrique
Photo by Teters Enrique

Interestingly though, the exhibit almost didn’t push through. We had two scheduling changes months apart, the first one happened because the pieces wouldn’t be ready in time (we had to substitute a different exhibit on that one!) and the second change happened because the gallery we relocated to flaked out on us.

Photo by Rex Aguilar
Photo by Rex Aguilar
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Photo by Rex Aguilar

The Post was our nth gallery option and quite frankly a godsend. I don’t think the opening would have been this successful if it were held anywhere else.

Photo by Justine Racho
Photo by Justine Racho

Here are my pieces for the exhibit, painted on old school chopping boards bought in a rural store in Laguna.

33rd Manila International Book Fair

Everytime I enter a bookstore, I usually feel the urge to buy something or splurge on some new release or a rare find. Imagine being in a convention center full of books. I hate and love the Manila International Book Fair at the same time. I always end up getting carried away…

May have gotten a bit carried away at the book fair. Graphic novels at reduced prices further slashed down by 40 %

It wasn’t all about shopping though as I launched a couple of children’s books with my friends.

Guardians of Tradition from Adarna House

The Happy Prince from Lampara Books

The 17th Tito Dok Book: Eeewww!Kadiri ang mga Germs (Eeewww! Germs are Yucky!)

Ray Sunga, Ariel Santillian and Me launching our Tito Dok books (all written by Luis Gatmaitan) at the OMF Lit booth.

INK Flipping: Ang INK Catalogs over the years

The Ang INK (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan) catalog is a DIY piece made by the members and given to various companies and publications who may need the services of an illustrator. It’s a self-promo piece and sadly, it has seen better days. Over the years, the catalog has gotten thinner and thinner. Extending deadlines never seems to help as fewer and fewer members bother to make entries.

There used to be a time when entries by Pepper Roxas and Robert Alejandro were lovely little fold-out affairs. Having seen their entries when I was new member inspired me to make my own entries different every year.

For the INK Orientation Seminar yesterday, Fran Alvarez made a short video (shot and edited with her iPhone 4S no less) showcasing some INK Catalogs over the years. Here’s hoping it inspires both old and new members to submit their own exciting entries.